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Happy Canada Day! Great Quotes on Canada

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Happy Canada Day!

Here some famous (and not so famous quotes about Canada (courtesy of Knights Canadian Info Collection)

Canada is like an old cow. The West feeds it. Ontario and Quebec milk it. And you can well imagine what it’s doing in the Maritimes. – Former Saskatchewan premier Tommy Douglas

Canada is the greatest nation in this country. – Former Toronto mayor Allan Lamport

Down in Newfoundland, we can hardly sleep for wondering when St. Pierre and Miquelon are going to invade. –John Crosbie (on the state of Canada’s military in 1983)

Gentlemen, we all must realize that neither side has any monopoly on sons of bitches.
C.D. Howe (in Washington to resolve a shipping dispute)

The fact is the statements are perfectly consistent, but more importantly, I don’t have all the facts. – Prime Minister Paul Martin.

I’ve been called treacherous, stupid, venal, lazy ..and that’s only by the Tories. – Peter McKay, former Tory leader.

Your majesty, I thank you from the bottom of my heart, and Madame Houde thanks you from her bottom too. – Montreal Mayor Camillien Houde (in 1939 to King George VI)

As always, Canada will now bury its war dead, just as the rest of the world, as always, will forget its sacrifice, just as it always forgets nearly everything Canada ever does. It seems that Canada’s historic mission is to come to the selfless aid both of its friends and of complete strangers, and then, once the crisis is over, to be well and truly ignored. Canada is the perpetual wallflower that stands on the edge of the hall, waiting for someone to come and ask her for a dance.- Kevin Myers (The Daily Telegraph, London)

I guess Canada is a nice country. I’ve never thought much about it.- Anon. Cal-State student

A constitution nursed upon the oxygen of our bright winter atmosphere makes its owner feel as though he could toss about the pine trees in his glee. – Lord Dufferin

I’m not an American! I am a Canadian. I come from a “nice,” thoroughly unrealistic country. – Matthew Fisher

The great themes of Canadian history are as follows: Keeping the Americans out, keeping the French in, and trying to get the Natives to somehow disappear. – Will Ferguson

After all, we fought the Yanks in 1812 and kicked them the hell out of our country – but not with blanks. – Farley Mowat

The US is our trading partner, our neighbour, our ally and our friend… and sometimes we’d like to give them such a smack! – Rick Mercer

Canadians have been so busy explaining to the Americans that we aren’t British, and to the British that we aren’t Americans that we haven’t had time to become Canadians. – Helen Gordon McPherson

Canadian nationalism is a subtle, easily misunderstood but powerful reality, expressed in a way that is not to state directed – something like a beer commercial or the death of a significant Canadian figure.- Paul Kopas

I don’t even know what street Canada is on. – Al Capone

I am so excited about Canadians ruling the world. – (Prime Minister) John Diefenbaker.

God Bless America, but God help Canada to put up with them! – Anonymous

We’ll explain the appeal of curling to you if you explain the appeal of the National Rifle Association to us. – Andy Barrie

What is a Canadian? A Canadian is a fellow wearing English tweeds, a Hong Kong shirt and Spanish shoes, who sips Brazilian coffee sweetened with Philippine sugar from a Bavarian cup while nibbling Swiss cheese, sitting at a Danish desk over a Persian rug, after coming home in a German car from an Italian movie… and then writes his Member of Parliament with a Japanese ballpoint pen on French paper, demanding that he do something about foreigners taking away our Canadian jobs. – Anonymous

The beaver, which has come to represent Canada as the eagle does the United States and the lion Britain, is a flat-tailed, slow-witted, toothy rodent known to bite off it’s own testicles or to stand under its own falling trees. – June Callwood

Many Canadian nationalists harbour the bizarre fear that should we ever reject royalty, we would instantly mutate into Americans, as though the Canadian sense of self is so frail and delicate a bud, that the only thing stopping it from being swallowed whole by the US is an English lady in a funny hat.- Will Ferguson

Canada is a country whose main exports are hockey players and cold fronts. Our main imports are baseball players and acid rain. – Pierre E. Trudeau

With or without the Royals, we are not Americans. Nor are we British. Or French. Or Void. We are something else. And the sooner we define this, the better. – Will Ferguson

In any world menu, Canada must be considered the vichyssoise of nations, it’s cold, half-French, and difficult to stir. – Stuart Keate

Canada has never been a melting-pot; more like a tossed salad. – Arnold Edinborough

I’m not going to play politics on the floor of the House of Commons. – (Prime Minister) John Turner

It’s going to be a great country when they finish unpacking it. –
Andrew H. Malcom

The huge advantage of Canada is its backwardness. – Marshall McLuhan

Canadians don’t have a very big political lever, we’re nice guys. – Paul Henderson

Have a great day!

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  • Adam

    I was actually touched by the quote by Kevin Myers on how Canada is always forgotten after the wars. I fully agree but maybe that’s why we are liked around the world because of the fact people don’t remember we did fight and kill many innocent and non-innocent lives. If they didn’t smoke so much dope in the 60’s and 70’s they would realize we made big mistakes in our governing body. Oh well we escape loved again. GO CANUCKS

  • My good friends from Canada have taught me how to remember the proper spelling for the name of their beloved homeland:

    “C, eh? N, eh? D, eh?”

    Happy Canada Day y’all!

  • It just makes me all teary eyed…you like us…Oh shit I’m chanelling Sally Field again…On behalf of us beer drinking hockey playing toque wearing, igloo dwelling, snowshoeing, lumberjakcs, I’d like to say thanks eh?
    I’d also like to leave you with some quotes by Pierre Elliot Trudeau who did his best to prove that Canadians can be intellectual.
    On being caught swearing in the house of commons: “I said Fuddle Duddle”
    On imposing the war measures act during the Quebec Crises when the F.L.Q. kidnapped the Quebec Minister of Justice and killed him.”Just Watch Me”
    On living next to the United States: “Living next to the United States is like sleeping with an elephant, you just hope it doesn’t role over on you in it’s sleep”
    Early birthday greetings to you guys eh!

  • Ah, then you read past the lede then? 🙂

    I think a lot of people would be surprised that they are our largest oil importer.

  • Umm, hello? James Ryan,

    Did you actually happen to READ the post? No one’s bashing Canada.

    Go troll somewhere else.

  • James Ryan

    Do you guys ever get tired of bashing Canada? And you wonder why “your side” never wins. Dumbasses.

  • Deano: Thanks, you made my day! And, after Temple’s post about oil imports, I now realize the humor – and importance – of our northern neighbors.



  • Eric Olsen

    nice Deano, thanks!